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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; UK ed. edition (5 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846145937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846145933
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crime is mostly opportunistic, and the best way to reduce it is to lessen the opportunities for committing crimes. Gash provides some compelling evidence in favour of this view ... Accessible yet well-referenced ... Gash mentions many cardinal facts that are often missed altogether, or whose significance is insufficiently appreciated. (Theodore Dalrymple The Times)

Serious, but so startling that it is hugely readable, too. (James McConnachie, The Times Books of the Year)

An arresting take on law-breaking ... At once detailed and readable, Criminal shows crime is as complicated as most kinds of human behaviour. (Andrew Neather Evening Standard)

Rigorously analytical (Dominic Lawson Sunday Times)

A richly researched, supremely sane discussion of the causes of and ways of preventing crime ... Gash's important book may well change your attitude to criminality and the justice system (PD Smith Guardian)

Tom Gash takes eleven myths favoured by the right or left and does an effective job in demolishing them. By the end you might be persuaded that we don't need more bobbies on the beat or that crime, despite shocking headlines, isn't rising (Robbie Millen The Times)

About the Author

Tom Gash is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Mannheim School of Criminology at the London School of Economics. A regular contributor to debates on public policy and current affairs, he writes for the Independent, Guardian and Financial Times, and speaks frequently on television and radio advocating improvements in crime policy and wider public sector management. Tom has been an adviser to a range of crime policy reviews, including the Flanagan Review of Policing and the UK Drug Policy Commission.

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